'I will hold Chris Grayling to account', says Epsom and Ewell Labour MP candidate

This Is Local London: Epsom councillor Sheila Carlson will be Labour's parliamentary candidate for Epsom and Ewell in the 2015 general election Epsom councillor Sheila Carlson will be Labour's parliamentary candidate for Epsom and Ewell in the 2015 general election

A former Epsom mayor has been selected as Labour's parliamentary candidate for Epsom and Ewell in the 2015 general election.

Epsom councillor Sheila Carlson, who represents Court ward and was the borough’s mayor from 2011 to 2012, was chosen following a meeting of the party’s members on Thursday, November 28.

Coun Carlson became a borough councillor in 1997 and has won subsequent elections in 1999, 2003, 2009 and 2011. 

On her selection as prospective parliamentary candidate, she said: "I’m honoured to have been selected as Labour’s candidate for the 2015 parliamentary election. 

"The election will take place at an important time for our country and will represent a simple choice between either a Labour or Conservative government.

"I look forward to fighting a positive campaign over the next 17 months, focusing on the issues that matter most to local people.

"I will hold Chris Grayling to account for his actions and outline the change that a Labour government would bring to the residents of Epsom and Ewell."

Coun Carlson’s fellow Epsom court ward councillor Dan Stevens, the leader of the Labour group on Epsom Council, congratulated his colleague.

He said: "Having served the people of court ward for the past 15 years, Sheila has shown she has all the qualities needed to take the fight to Chris Grayling."

Coun Carlson, who has played an active role in the Epsom Guardian’s Dignity for the Dead at Horton Cemetery campaign, will continue to serve as a councillor for court ward while running her parliamentary campaign.

Mr Grayling, 51, who also serves in David Cameron’s Cabinet as Secretary of State for Justice, has been MP for Epsom and Ewell since 2001.

 

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10:55pm Mon 2 Dec 13

SouthLondoner65 says...

It'd be great if Epsom were to get a Labour or Lib Dem MP, but I think it's highly unlikely due to the wealthy rightwing demographics of the area... Good luck anyway, Sheila!
It'd be great if Epsom were to get a Labour or Lib Dem MP, but I think it's highly unlikely due to the wealthy rightwing demographics of the area... Good luck anyway, Sheila! SouthLondoner65

12:20am Tue 3 Dec 13

EwellMan says...

We need anyone but the 3 main tax wasting parties that are only interested in lining their own pockets than actually fixing issues in the county.

Quite clearly as stated in the previous comment, supposedly a wealthy area with roads worse than some 3rd world countries.
We need anyone but the 3 main tax wasting parties that are only interested in lining their own pockets than actually fixing issues in the county. Quite clearly as stated in the previous comment, supposedly a wealthy area with roads worse than some 3rd world countries. EwellMan

12:25am Tue 3 Dec 13

EwellMan says...

Forgot to add....if MP's and councillors where held accountable for things they did and taxpayers money they spent at least 90% of them would be in Prison.

So of the waste seen across councils and in general the country is staggering. Gone should be the days of lets spend all the tax money in March before the end of the tax year and all major issues whether that be housing, buillding religious establishments or changing roads should be consultaed/voted for by the local people because a decision by a coucillor or MP that does not live in the area does not have to live with the mess after.
Forgot to add....if MP's and councillors where held accountable for things they did and taxpayers money they spent at least 90% of them would be in Prison. So of the waste seen across councils and in general the country is staggering. Gone should be the days of lets spend all the tax money in March before the end of the tax year and all major issues whether that be housing, buillding religious establishments or changing roads should be consultaed/voted for by the local people because a decision by a coucillor or MP that does not live in the area does not have to live with the mess after. EwellMan

8:35am Fri 13 Dec 13

sfocata says...

She sounds like a good candidate, but for me she's poisoned by association. I'm just not sure I can vote Labour again (despite being a former supporter).

In fact, in one of her quotes ("simple choice between either a Labour or Conservative government") she makes the same mistake as many others.

That's no choice! We've had the same party in power since 1979... only the CEO and registered address has changed.Labour and Tories (and now LibDems, and especially UKIP) following the same modified version of neo-liberalism. I really wish Sheila well, but I think only a decent independent will persuade me not to spoil my ballot paper in 2015.
She sounds like a good candidate, but for me she's poisoned by association. I'm just not sure I can vote Labour again (despite being a former supporter). In fact, in one of her quotes ("simple choice between either a Labour or Conservative government") she makes the same mistake as many others. That's no choice! We've had the same party in power since 1979... only the CEO and registered address has changed.Labour and Tories (and now LibDems, and especially UKIP) following the same modified version of neo-liberalism. I really wish Sheila well, but I think only a decent independent will persuade me not to spoil my ballot paper in 2015. sfocata

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